THE RSPCA says it is experiencing a ‘kitten crisis’ after an array of pregnant cats have been callously ‘dumped’ by their owners.
RSPCA Lincolnshire East Branch, which covers the Boston area, has more than 20 kittens waiting to find new owners and staff are unable to take in any more abandoned cats until they find new homes for those now in their care.
The RSPCA says the high number of kittens is the result of pregnant cats ‘being dumped by their owners’, days before they give birth.
However, some kittens, which were only a few days old, were abandoned with their mothers.
Rehoming co-ordinator Cherrie Bartlett said: “To have this amount of kittens at this time of year is staggering and very worrying.
“It is absolutely heart-breaking these poor cats, especially mums-to-be, have just been dumped and left to fend for themselves.
“Many people would think that kittens would find new homes really easily, but this year has been tough and we just are not getting the people coming forward to rehome them.
“The sad fact is that the number of people coming forward to adopt a cat or kitten has become fewer and fewer, yet the number of people who choose to abandon them, seems to be more.”
“We have to find new homes for all these kittens fast, because we have a waiting list of more cats and kittens that need to come into our care, but we just can’t take them at the moment because we are so full.”
The RSPCA is urging people considering getting a cat or kitten to avoid answering adverts in newspapers or buying them, and to take home a rescue animal that desperately needs a new home instead.
Kittens and cats bought from adverts or car boots are unlikely to be up to date with their vaccinations.
If you can offer a loving home to a kitten call the branch on 01205 319059.